It’s a matter of common sense to change along with the times. Most organizations that fail to do this is setting itself up for failure. With certain organizations depending on change in order to survive, it’s crucial to properly identify which details may end up hindering your progress. So today, we’ll be tackling some of the biggest hinders to organizational change.
In order for change to occur, you need to understand what you’re changing from and what you’re changing into. Clarifying the reasons why change is needed is a great place to start the process from. Whenever change occurs, it can be a precarious and disconcerting time. It’s like waking up one day and being told that you need to throw pieces of your already built puzzle out the widow to make space for new ones.
In order to help all the pieces of the new puzzle to fit together, everyone needs to have a clear idea of what the overall portrait is supposed to be. To avoid losing members of your crew to uncertainty, plot out the end course and make sure everyone knows it. Keeping members in the dark is a sure way to hider the change you want to happen.
When change is hovering in the nearby horizon, having a trusted captain at the helm will help deliver the entire crew to their goal. When change is executed properly, the benefits can be pretty amazing.
However, when the person or persons in charge of said change bungles the job, it can mean death for an organization. As previously stated, change in an organization can be quite scary–particularly for the employees. A failure by those in managerial position to understand these fears and sensitivities is a pretty sure way of alienating the workforce and causing a divide between the different departments.
Properly providing everyone with information on what the organization as a whole stands to gain is a great way to sooth any preexisting fears or concerns.
In any normal situation, communication is needed. In a precarious time such as a systematic and widespread organizational change, communication is crucial.
Everyone involved must be seen as a key partner to ensure a successful outcome. Clear and decisive messaging is paramount at each and every stage of the change at hand. When departments or people feel they aren’t being heard or considered in the process, it can cause some deep fissures in the system. This can mean some serious problems latter on in the implementation process.
Unnecessary Complexity Of Implementation
Change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes weeks or months of planning and gradual implementation in order to test out any issues in the process. The bigger your organization, the larger and intrinsic the process will be.
So it’s important to not overwhelm the system or the people with sudden or complicated changes in the process. For large organizations in particular, in order for change to be successful, there needs to be an unhindered perspective that ensures the correct change is applied properly and effectively.
Keeping things simple will be the best way to combat this. Small steps and gradual implementation of change is key to achieving long standing success.